Brewster’s Stony Brook Elementary Schoolers sing their hearts out
By Libby Hughes, Cape Cod Today’s drama critic
We think of graduation reserved only for high school and college students. Today, elaborate celebrations have dropped to Middle Schools and now Elementary Schools.
So it was on the morning of Friday June 13 at the Stony Brook Elementary School off of Underpass Road in Brewster. The gray-shingled school houses K-2nd graders. More than 200 children were participants in the hour-long concert. They had been rehearsing for more than a month with music teacher, Stacey Faris, to display their singing talents for parents, grandparents, and siblings in the gymnasium.
The gym seemed new and colorful. Shiny red circles with a background of beige covered the floor. Irish green was on one wall and slashes of orange, red, and yellow arches on the opposite wall.
The proud parents crowded into the bleachers, equipped with camcorders and digital cameras to record a small piece of their child's history for future memories.
Then, the Kindergarteners entered and sat cross-legged on the floor. Next came the First Graders, who sat on the floor opposite them. Finally, the Second Graders arrived in blue tee-shirts. They stood four lines deep against the wall between the two other groups. Parents were stealing waves at their children, and kids were sending kisses and waves back to them. All of the kids wore a mix of shorts, skirts, shirts, flip flops, sandals, and running shoes. One boy had on a pink shirt and blue striped tie. They were excited.
There is a joyous spirit about the school, starting with its animated principal, Denise Fronius in her lemon sherbert pantsuit.
Stacey Faris’ husband, musical director at Nauset High School, played the keyboard and guitar, along with Paul Kehoe.
There were ten songs, divided among the three grades, beginning with “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
The Kindergarteners kicked off the novelty songs with an original song, created for them by composer Betsy M. Zavell of Orleans and lyrics by Libby Hughes of Brewster. Here are the lyrics to the song, “Puppy Kisses.”
Warm and wet
Soft and sweet.
Before they grow,
Before they know
Who you are.
Give me a kiss
A puppy kiss
Give me a paw,
A hello paw.
Give me some love,
Some puppy love.
That’s all I want
That’s what I want.
Those puppy days
Those puppy ways,
Filled with joy.
Love for all
All for love
Love on call
Call on love.
Mrs. Faris had every song filled with hand gestures, so the children were not standing like wooden pegs. It gave flavor and fun to each song, ending with “See You Later (Alligator).”
Four children delivered tributes, flowers, and gifts to their very likable principal, Mrs. Fronius. The children marched back to their classrooms and the festivities were over, except for parents, basking in pride!